Public Affairs

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Cook County Posts High Voter Turnout

With many Cook County precincts turning out in the high 80 and 90 percentages, registered voters came out in droves to cast their ballots in all precincts.  They gave President Barack Obama a wid


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"Minnesota Railroads" provides photographic history of rail transport over past 70 years

Bob visited Oct. 19 with Steve Glischinski, author of "Minnesota Railroads: A Photographic History, 1940-2012," from the U of MN Press. They chatted about about rail service in Minnesota then and now, the future of rail transport, and the restoration of the historic St. Paul Depot to once again serve as a transportation hub. Steve is a correspondent for Trains Magazine; this is his sixth book about railroading.


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Cook County's Denny Fitzpatrick shares experience as national political convention delegate

Bob chatted Sept. 14 with Denny Fitzpatrick of Grand Marais, who recently served as a delegate from Minnesota to the Democratic National Convention. Hear what it's really like to work behind the fanfare and speeches.


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Former National Security Council member Tom Maertens on the state of terrorism today

Ann Possis visited Aug. 31 with Tom Maertens, a career foreign service officer who served in the White House as National Security Council director for nonproliferation and homeland security in the Clinton & Bush administrations. At the time of the 9/11 attacks, he was serving as deputy coordinator for counterterrorism at the U.S. State Department. He's speaking at Cook County Higher Education Wed., Sept. 5 at 5 p.m. on "Terrorism 2012: The nature of the threat."


The Dakota War resulted in the largest one-day execution in U.S. history, on December 26, 1862

Documentary on Minnesota's Dakota War of 1862 to air on WTIP

On August 17, 1862 a group of four young Dakota men on a hunting expedition killed five settlers who lived along the Minnesota river in what is now southwest Minnesota, igniting a war that claimed


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Amy Shaw on community engagement by public media, and why it matters

Amy Shaw, senior VP at Nine Network of Public Media, St. Louis, visited Grand Marais recently. Bob spoke with her July 27 about what community engagement is, and why it's essential for public radio and TV to keep community engagement at the center of all they do.


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Surveillance by unmanned aircraft...is our privacy at stake?

Buck spoke July 27 with Chuck Samuelson, executive director of the MN chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which recently released a report on the growing domestic use of unmanned aircraft for surveillance. They discussed how this increasing use of drones to watch and collect information on American citizens could affect our privacy and liberties.


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Lake Superior Zoo CEO Sam Maida on damage, cleanup & recovery efforts after the big Duluth flood

Bob spoke with Lake Superior Zoo CEO Sam Maida June 29 in the wake of extensive damage caused by heavy rainfall and flooding in Duluth. You can check out their website to follow the recovery progress.


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U of MN law professor Daniel Schwarcz demystifies recently upheld health care law

Buck spoke June 29 with Prof. Daniel Schwarcz about the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding health care reform. He explained what the law does, and how it might affect our pocketbooks and the way we access health care.


"Looking at other community centers" interview series

Looking At Other Community Centers: Part 3

As planning for a new Cook County Community Center continues, we're taking a closer look at schools around the state that have attached community centers, to find out how that’s working and what